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Star War's R2-D2 sells for nearly $US3 million
The movable droid was the most expensive item in a Hollywood memorabilia auction (CCSS Level: Grade 10, Words: 251)
Jun 30, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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For decades, fans of the beloved "Star Wars" franchise have gone to extreme lengths to pay tribute to the world that George Lucas created.

This Wednesday at California, the action house Profiles in History said that the 43-inch-tall unit, that was compiled from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy, sold for $US2.76 million at an auction.

Luke Skywalker's sidekick was assembled from components from the original "Star Wars" trilogy as well as "Star Wars: Episodes 1 -The Phantom Menace" and "Star Wars" Episode II: Attack of the Clones," according to the auction catalog. The films were made between 1977 and 2002.

The droid is constructed of aluminium, steel and fibreglass, and is believed to be the only complete R2-D2 unit in the public domain, according to the auction catalog. The action house called it "one of the most instantly recognisable piece of pop culture in existence. "

"This is not just a normal movie prop. This is instantly recognisable, the creme de la creme of movie props. This is something you could put right next to a Picasso." said Stephanie Connell, a London-based movie memorabilia consultant.

There was no information about who purchased the droid, which was the most expensive item offered in the movie memorabilia suction that included numerous props from the Star War franchise.

Other items up for sale included Luck Skywalker's lightsaber from the first two films, which sold for $US450,000, and Darth Vader's helmet from the original film, which sold for $US96,000.

Why did R2-D2 fetch such a high price?
everyone knows the movie
there is only one
it is a movie icon
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What does 'memorabilia' mean?
item to remember a memorable event
item to remember special people
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